Get out of the way of solutions

You’ve heard it time and time again. A problem is noticed and understood by a person who deals with it on a daily basis. What does an organization do? It finds someone at the top to quickly prescribe a ham-fisted “solution,” and moves it off the to-do list.

"At Unlocking Potential, it is our belief that people closest to the problem - not distant, bureaucratic agencies or administrators - understand best how to solve that problem."

That is not the way problems should be solved, and it is not the way to deliver the best results.

At Unlocking Potential, it is our belief that people closest to the problem - not distant, bureaucratic agencies or administrators - understand best how to solve that problem. These are the folks that understand and operate with these issues every day. They can be more efficient and effective - they just need the tools that empower them to lead.

Issues aren’t always just within one organization. In a community, for example, a broad, inflexible administration should not always handle the problem itself. Rather, it is the job of leaders to identify organizations, be it non-profits or otherwise, that understand the problem and have the resources to find solutions. Leaders should not only identify them, but ensure those organizations are equipped with the right tools and the ability to act on the solutions.

This doesn’t only make an organization’s members more self-sufficient, but it adds diverse voices to a room. Collaboration creates solutions, and a diverse array of voices makes sure everyone is heard, and every scenario is thought out.

An organization with empowered members is more efficient, more focused, and members are more invested. It is a simple, commonsense and necessary practice. It creates leaders and it creates change.


Taylor Enders